1. Open up a sheet of newspaper. Roll the newspaper around the
doweling diagonally from one corner to the other.
2. Cut a piece of tape and stick it to something (preferably
not your head) for a minute. Hold the newspaper tube in one hand and gently
pull out the dowel with your other hand. If you rolled the newspaper really
tightly, you may need to wiggle and twist the dowel a bit. Use the piece
of tape to keep the newspaper tube together.
3. Cut the tube to length. [Note: The ends of the tube are not
very stiff. To make a stronger tube, make the tube the correct length by
cutting some off both ends.] You need a total of 35 newspaper tubes measuring
71 cm and 30 tubes measuring 63 cm. So get busy rolling, measuring, and
cutting. Keep the two lengths separated.
4. Use the marker pen to put a mark on the longer newspaper tubes.
Now you'll be able to tell the two lengths apart easily. From now on, we
will call the marked tubes As, the unmarked tubes Bs.
5. Arrange 10 As in a circle.
6. Overlap the ends of two tubes by 2 cm and staple together.
Repeat this to form the base of the dome.
7. Lay alternating pairs of As and Bs radiating out from the
8. Pick up two of the As and form a triangle with them and one
of the As from the circle. Staple the joints firmly.
9. Do the same thing with the rest of the tube pairs. You should
end up with a circle of triangles poking into the air. Tall triangles should
alternate with short triangles.
10. Connect the triangles by stapling a row of Bs across the
11. Every point where four Bs come together, staple on another
B pointing straight up.
12. Brace the Bs by using two As, one attached to each adjacent
13. Connect the tubes by stapling a row of As across the top.
14. Finish the dome by adding the last five Bs. These tubes come
from the five joints and meet in the middle.